Israeli Camp Widens Its Embrace

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This past summer, the Jack Roth Camp Netaim-Ramah NOAM included 100 children and youth with disabilities in the overall Ramah NOAM camp in Israel. Campers were recruited from the Masorti youth movement, NOAM, which has 20 locations all over Israel. Though each participant had different abilities, all had the chance to experience camp as equals. Through the initiative, children as young as eight found themselves mentoring a child with disabilities – learning to tie one’s shoelaces from a peer can be much easier than it is from a counselor or aide – and the sense of achievement was immeasurable for both. The program was made possible through the generosity of Jack Roth’s family and the Columbus, Ohio, community.